PNP Job Sources

Online and Offline PNP Job Leads

There are many sources for new PNP jobs. You might begin by creating a list of potential employers. As you do your research, make notes of organization names, addresses, and phone numbers and enter them in your tracking tool. Here are a few tips:

  • Use the Internet. There are many job search and nurse practitioner websites available to you, including NAPNAP’s Career Connection  and Melnic Consulting Group’s PNP Jobs webpage.
  • Look on NAPNAP’s Chapter websites  and pediatric health publications.
  • Subscribe to professional journals/newsletters, for example, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners, and Nursing Spectrum.
  • Find directories of primary care or specialty care practices and facilities. Check your local or county library for resource materials.
  • Check hospital staff directories and hospital websites for open positions.
  • Search the Yellow Pages or the Internet for pediatric clinics and physicians.

Using Classified Advertisements

When using classified advertisements (ads) as a source for PNP job leads, don’t limit yourself to one publication. Read as many newspapers and journals as you can.  As you look for employment advertisements that reflect your skills and experience, don’t limit yourself to only one classified section—the job you want may appear under an unusual heading. Blind ads do not list the employer’s name and are often used by reputable organizations. If you pursue a blind ad and you are keeping your job search confidential, the newspaper staff will not tell you who a potential employer is, but may be willing to confirm if the ad was placed by your current employer.

When responding to online or classified job ads, note the following:

  • Keep in mind that your reader is asking the question “What’s in this for me if I interview this person?”
  • It is good if your qualifications meet at least 60% of the advertised PNP job’s requirements, but don’t let this limit yourself if you think the PNP job is a good fit for you.
  • Develop a cover letter using the major requirements listed in the ad.
  • Avoid providing a desired salary.  If the ad requests salary requirements, state a broad range. Giving a range will allow for negotiation and you will not sell yourself short.
  • For additional information on cover letters see the previous Cover letter (insert link)section.
  • Keep in mind fraud protection. Do not send your social security number to anyone. Until you are offered and accept a job, there is no reason to give out that information.

 

Career Tip: It helps to make personal contact and follow up with a thank you note.

 

Follow-up: Persistence can sometimes distinguish you as a candidate, so it is important to follow up on a letter of inquiry with a personal contact.  Selling yourself on the telephone is very effective.  Establish a timeframe for following up on applications or inquiries.  Add this to your tracking tool and follow up.

Employment/Search Firms: Employers often use search firms to recruit pediatric nurse practitioners.  The firm partners with the employer and is paid on a contingency fee basis so there is no fee to you. Be wary of any employment firm that charges the job seeker a fee.    However, most search firms are reliable and trustworthy, and hospitals and clinics count on them to fill their important positions. Disclosure: Melnic Consulting Group is a sponsor of this site.